Thursday, 12 April 2012

Blogging A-Z - April Challenge - K is for .....

K is for...... .Kiva

Kiva is a non profit organisation, based in the United States that allows people to make a loan to those folks who need financial assistance and to whom the doors of the regular financial institutions are closed. The deal is a loan is made to an individual that the lender chooses of $25 - the lender can choose more if they would like. The loan is then repaid over a series of months. 

So, how does this link to Australia I hear you ask?

Kiva can be utilised by individuals and by teams. One such team is the Genealogists for Families team which is  captained by a lady in Australia. See, there is a tentative link to Australia. Do not though, underestimate the power of the team or the work the team does. 

The team is currently 162 members strong, (made up of genealogists and their friends and family), making a total of 444 loans to various individuals. That is a huge achievement and to recognise that achievement the team, Captained by Judy Webster was awarded the 2011 GeneaBlog Award for best new Community Project. You can read Judy's inspirational post HERE.

If you are interested you can join the team HERE and take advantage of one of the free loans that Kiva are offering. You could perhaps, do as I do, link this worth while project to honour a family event or in memory of a family member.

Genealogists for Families, We Care about Families, Past, Present & Future

The link for the A-Z Challenge 2011 post is HERE


  1. Anonymous12:17 am

    Great post Julie -Kiva hadn't even crossed my mind in this context..but I have been ordering stuff via Vistaprint for our auction or to use at meetings for promotion. I truly believe in Kiva and am so pleased I got involved.

  2. Great post, I'm from Canada and have never heard of KIVA, not sure if it's available here or not.
    My sister is a huge geneology buff...she's in the challenge, I'll have to direct here to your site!
    Monica, Older Mommy Still Yummy

    1. Monica, one of the great things about This project is that you can be anywhere.

  3. Very interesting. I've never heard of this before.
    (Visiting from A-Z blogging challenge)

    1. Thanks for stopping by - at the half way mark!

  4. Hopping over from A-Z.
    What a fantastic project and one I want to know more about.
    ~Naila Moon

    1. Thanks for stopping by - at the half way mark now!


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